Derby County boss to open pavilion

File photo dated 18/07/2009of Steve McLaren. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday July 2, 2013. Former England manager Steve McClaren has joined Harry Redknapp's backroom team at QPR, the Championship club confirmed in a statement. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/07/2009of Steve McLaren. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday July 2, 2013. Former England manager Steve McClaren has joined Harry Redknapp's backroom team at QPR, the Championship club confirmed in a statement. See PA story SOCCER QPR. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

Former England football team manager Steve McLaren is set to cut the ribbon of the £400,000 new Codnor Sports Pavilion next week.

The current Derby County FC boss has been scooped to carry out the honours at the official opening of the Goose Lane site on Monday, November 18.

Chairman of the Codnor Charitable Sports Trust Chris Emmas-Williams said he was thrilled to have a high profile endorsement of the facilities.

He said: “ We are very pleased - it’s a facility that needs opening with proper recognition.

“He’s got a great reputation when he was assistant manager at Manchester United and as a former England manager it’s really great.”

The plan to bring a revamped sports facility to Codnor has been nearly seven years in the making according to trustee Alan Colledge, 76, of Milner Avenue, who said plans were first discussed when the olf miners welfare shut down there.

He first contacted the news back in May 2012 to say the proposed facilities might not get the go-ahead, after the charitable sports trust overseeing the project missed out on a £28,000 grant.

But following a remarkable turn around in fortunes and a £287,166 grant from the Football Foundation, the site is now ready to use.

He said: “It’s marvellous to see - this is what Codnor deserves really.”

Alan said the trust’s future plans will be to seek funding for permanent cricket practice nets on the site.

Sports teams including Codnor Cricket Club and Dodnor Boys FC are set to use the site on a regular basis. But the facility, with a main function room and kitchen facilities, is also open to community bookings. A karate club and an arts club have already expressed an interest in using the site.

Steve Mclaren, whose Derby County team currently sit 8th in the Championship is set to cut the ribbon at 4pm.